NBC Sports Network announces 45 college basketball games to be aired

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On Wednesday, the NBC Sports Network released the schedule of college basketball games that they will be broadcasting during the 2014-2015 season.

The network will once again be broadcasting games from the Atlantic 10 and the CAA during league play. There will be 25 Atlantic 10 games shown with all 14 members of the conference making at least one appearance, while seven CAA games will be shown. In addition to the regular season games, NBCSN will also be airing the second round and quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament as well as the semifinals and finals of the CAA tournament.

NBCSN will kick off the season by broadcasting all four games of the Barclays Center Classic, which features Rutgers, Virginia, La Salle and Vanderbilt, at the end of November.

Here is the full schedule of games being shown on the network:

November 28-29, Barclays Center Classic, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
December 13, Northern Iowa at VCU, 7 p.m.
December 20, Iona at GMU, 7 p.m.
December 28, Richmond at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.
January 3, Duquesne at Dayton, 1 p.m.
January 3, Rhode Island at Saint Louis, 3 p.m.
January 3, Richmond at Davidson, 5 p.m.
January 8, George Mason at Richmond, 7 p.m.
January 10, George Washington at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Saint Louis at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Rhode Island at UMass, 2:30 p.m.
January 17, George Mason at George Washington, 4:30 p.m.
January 18, Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m.
January 22, George Washington at Fordham, 7 p.m.
January 24, Charleston at Drexel, Noon
January 24, Northeastern at William & Mary, 2 p.m.
January 31, Davidson at Saint Joseph’s, 12:30 p.m.
February 5, Richmond at La Salle, 6:30 p.m.
February 7, VCU at St. Bonaventure, 2 p.m.
February 7, Saint Louis at Fordham, 4 p.m.
February 8, Rhode Island at Richmond, 2:30 p.m.
February 12, Northeastern at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
February 14, St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
February 14, Delaware at William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.
February 15, Towson at Charleston, 12:30 p.m.
February 15, Saint Joseph’s at Fordham, 2:30 p.m.
February 21, Dayton at Duquesne, 2 p.m.
February 21, Drexel at Northeastern, 4 p.m.
February 22, La Salle at Saint Louis, 2:30 p.m.
February 22, William & Mary at Hofstra, 4:30 p.m.
February 28, Rhode Island at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
March 7, UMass at George Washington, 3:30 p.m.
March 7, George Mason at VCU, 5:30 p.m.
March 8, CAA Semifinals: 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
March 9, CAA Finals: 7 p.m.
March 12, A-10 Championship Second Round: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
March 13, A-10 Championship Quarterfinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Arizona PF Ira Lee cited for DUI

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Tuesday afternoon it was announced that Arizona sophomore power forward Ira Lee was been cited for driving under the influence on Saturday.

Lee was ultimately released, and according to the Arizona Daily Star he faces misdemeanor charges for failing to yield at an intersection, driving under the influence as a minor (Lee is 20 years old) and extreme DUI involving a blood-alcohol content above .20. Lee is set to be arraigned on September 10.

In a release the Arizona basketball program announced that the incident has been referred to the Dean of Students for review and “the Athletics Department is reviewing the incident for team consequences.”

As a freshman Lee served as a reserve behind starters Deandre Ayton and Dusan Ristic in the Arizona front court, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. With Ayton and Ristic both off to the professional ranks, Lee is expected to be a key contributor in an Arizona front court that includes transfers Chase Jeter (Duke; sat out last season) and Ryan Luther (Pittsburgh), sophomore Emmanuel Akot and freshman Omar Thielemans.

Loyola celebrity nun Sister Jean celebrating 99th birthday

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CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean is celebrating her 99th birthday months after gaining national attention as chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four.

The university held a campus party with students and school staffers Tuesday for Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The Catholic nun became a celebrity last March for her fandom and for praying before each game for her Ramblers — and for their opponents.

Schmidt says her health is better some days than others as she’s been recovering since last year from a broken hip. She received a number 99 basketball jersey and a birthday cake frosted in the team’s maroon and gold colors.

Players say they’re still inspired by her example.

Ramblers guard Marques Townes describes her simply as “Genuine, sincere, passionate, loving, caring, sweetheart.”

NC State PG Blake Harris granted immediate eligibility

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When former Missouri point guard Blake Harris transferred to NC State in January, the expectation was that he would not be eligible to compete until the end of the fall semester. However that will not be the case, as Tuesday afternoon NC State announced that Harris has been granted immediate eligibility.

Harris started nine of the 14 games in which he played at Missouri, averaging 3.8 points and 3.1 assists in just under 14 minutes per game. The addition of the former 4-star prospect gives NC State head coach Kevin Keatts additional depth and talent at the point, which is key given the up-tempo, pressure style the Wolfpack generally play.

In addition to Harris, NC State will also be able to call upon sophomore Braxton Beverly and junior Markel Johnson, with those two being part of a team that won 21 games and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015 last season.

In total NC State will have three transfers from Division I schools eligible to compete in 2018-19, with guards Devon Daniels (Utah) and C.J. Bryce (UNCW) ready to go after sitting out last season.

One player who will not be available for the Wolfpack this season is forward Manny Bates, with it being announced that he will redshirt after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder. Bates, a 6-foot-11 forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina, dislocated the shoulder in early August.

The NC State front court will be led by newcomers, with grad transfer Wyatt Walker (Samford) and junior college transfer Derek Funderburk among the options.

Xavier lands commitment from four-star big man

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Xavier picked up their third commitment in the Class of 2019, adding an under-the-radar prospect in Zach Freemantle, a 6-foot-9 forward out of New Jersey.

Freemantle currently ranks 129th in 247 Sports composite ranking, but will likely move up after a strong July landed him a handful of high-major offers.

He’ll join Elias King and Daniel Ramsey, two more four-star prospects, in Travis Steele’s first real recruiting class for the Musketeers.

VIDEO: You need to see this Zion Williamson mixtape

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Zion Williamson made waves across the internet over the weekend as we got our first chance to get a glimpse of college basketball’s resident Viral King in Duke’s exhibition trip up to Canada.

So with that in mind, let’s go back and look at Williamson’s mixtape from his senior season of high school. I’ve never seen someone make in-game windmills and between-the-legs dunks look so commonplace.